The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is individualized for each participant. The team will discuss your needs after evaluations are completed and determine an initial plan of care and exercise prescription for you to start your program.
A workbook will be given to you along with questionnaires, the rehab phone number and dates for your rehab program when you participate in your initial evaluation with the program coordinator.
Education sessions are approximately 45 minutes long each, and include discussion, videos, and written handouts and of course, question and answer time. We encourage you to ask questions! We can help you better that way!
The education sessions include:
- Respiratory Physiology
- Breathing Retraining
- Energy Conservation
- Managing Secretions
- Avoiding Irritants
- Warning Signs
- Disease management
- Respiratory medications
- Oxygen Use
- Inhaler Use
- Anxiety and Depression
- Sleep apnea
- Risk factors
- Stress Management
- Advance Directives
Approximately 1 1/2 hours long and include warm-up, stretching, aerobic conditioning, strengthening, and cool down. During each session, you will work at your own speed and tolerance at workloads prescribed by the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team. Your endurance will improve as you become conditioned in a safe and supervised environment.
The staff monitors your tolerance to exercise and makes adjustments as necessary while monitoring your oxygen level, vital signs and making sure that your breathing is under control! Please notify us of any troubling signs or questions you have, so we can adjust your exercise appropriately. The rehabilitation staff will help you monitor your heart rate and Rate of Perceived Dyspnea during your exercise session to help you develop self-management techniques for use at home and after your program.
Treatment Plan and Program Evaluations
The medical director and rehab coordinator are in close contact throughout your program, and will ensure a safe and positive experience for you. Please feel free to ask questions at anytime. We encourage your family to attend these sessions if they want to be involved. We encourage you to voice your opinion of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at any time. We find the participants have the best ideas and make the program better for the next participant. Your regular physician will receive several progress reports on you as well as a discharge summary. If the Medical Director feels a change is needed in your regular medications, she will contact your physician personally for you.